Welcome to the Holistic Hen - Sharing Experiences Raising Organic Chickens, Quail & Pigeons

Organically raised chickens, quail, fantail pigeons and the occasional guest poultry all living in 1000m2 of organic forest garden. The following articles attempt to look at the poultry's view of life in the backyard and to observe and share how they thrive and survive in the environment we created for them. On the occasions when I need to intervene, I do so with a holistic approach to the bird as an individual and also to infer from the situation what this tells me about the general health, happiness and dynamics of the flock. I look at stress management and show how to use nutrition and phytotherapy for both prevention and cure of various conditions. These articles are on-going, they occur either as they happen to us or because someone has asked me for help with their birds and thus to share what I have learned from the experience.


Create Chicken-shaped heat pad - organic

Make an Organic Heat/Cold Pad based on Your Chicken

Over the years we have had so many hot water bottles perish at the seams, that we finally gave up on them altogether and decided to design our own. This is a home-made, organic alternative, based on our Cochin Chinese bantam Snowy.

If you've been heaving straw bales about or cutting wood or maybe you just want to take the chill off the bed linen, this is for you. It also makes a great gift, Summer or Winter as it can be used as an ice pack too...read more